This is the first part of the Lamayuru Trek to Darcha with 6 passes to be crossed before you reach Padum. Close by is also the spectacularly located Phuktal monastery within an enormous cave. Excellent views of the Zanskar ranges. The ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar is hidden deep in the western reaches of the great Himalayas. For most of the year, the high passes are inaccessible because of snow, making the frozen Zanskar River the only way of transport by walking. Villages nestled high on cliffs, the greenest of fields where peas and buckwheat are grown, and ancient monasteries are just some of the attractions on this spectacular trek in Ladakh.
|Title||Lamayuru to Padum Trek|
|Duration||17 Nights / 18 Days|
|Route||Leh – Hemis – Stakna – Thiksey – Shey – Lamayuru – Wanla – Hanupatta – Photoksar – Foot of Singgela – Lingshed – Snertse – Hanumil – Pishu – Pishu – Karsha – Padum – Kargil – Leh|
Arrive in Delhi
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel near airport. Overnight in hotel.
Flight Delhi – Leh (3500 m)
Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh taking you through and over the great high Himalayan range. On arrival our representative will transfer you to the hotel arranged for you in Leh. Spend the day relaxing and enjoying a walk around the market. Overnight stay in guest house or hotel.
Indus Valley (3500m) – Nimmu
Today you will visit the eastern part of the Indus valley with Tikse , Shey, Hemis Monasteries. Overnight stay in hotel at Nimmu.
Nimmu – Lamayuru – Wanla (3800m) [5 /6H road – 110 km]
Today we drive to the west part of Indus Valley. On route You will visit the extraordinary monastery of Lamayuru and Wanla monastery, the oldest one in Zanskar. Night in camp.
Wanla – Hanupatta (3900 m) 4 hour walk
Hanupatta – Photoksar (4250 m) 5 – 6 hour walk
Photoksar – Base of Sengge La (4500 m) 5 – 6 hour walk.
Base of Sengge La – Skiumpatta (3800 m) 6-7 hour walk
TREK. Cross 2 passes, Kiupa (4200 m) and Murgum La (4100 m), walking through a landscape of bare rock. Steep descent to Skiumpatta, where we camp above the village.
Skiumpatta – Lingshet – Hanuma La (3600 m) 6-7 hour walk
Steep descent to Lingshet and visit to the monastery. Short trek up to the camp at the foot of the impressive Hanuma La.
Hanumal La – Snertse (3600m) 6 hour walk
We start to climb to the Hanumal La (4700m) and then descend into a narrow, stony valley. We will continue downhill to the small Snertse campsite (3600 m). Overnight in campsite.
Snertse – Hanumil (3500 m) 5 hour walk
TREK The descent continues to a torrent which we cross by means of a hanging bridge. There is then a steep climb to Parfi La (3900 m). Camp in Hanumil village (3600 m).
Hanumil – Pishu (3500 m) 4 hour walk
TREK Climb the Zanskar valley where we pass a succession of monasteries and villages. Camp in the beautiful village of Pishu (3600 m).
Pishu – Karsha – Padum 1 hour road
A major development project in Zanskar nibbles on the path trek. So we will tread this road by jeep. This will be opportunity to take a break and visit the Padum Valley. En route, we will visit the Thongde and Karsha monasteries. Night in guest house with a well-deserved shower.
Padum – Parkachik 8-9H – 170km
Road to the west of Zanskar via the Pensi La (4400m). Many marmots! Descent and continuation to Rangdum monastery. Then we cross a no man’s land which is the separation between the Buddhist and Muslim world. We enter to the green valley of Suru. Overnight in camp near the village of Parkashik, located at the foot of Nun-Kun (the 2 highest peaks of the Zanskar, more than 7000m).
Parkashik – Leh
Very early departure for Leh. The countryside is magnificent and we catch sight of Nun and Kun. The road follows the course of the Suru downriver and we see more and more villages. We have lunch shortly before Kargil. At Kargil, we join the Srinagar-Leh road and pass the vast Mulbekh chorten. Arrive in Leh in the early evening. Overnight in guest house.
Day at leisure in Leh. Overnight in guest house.
Leh – Delhi
Fly to Delhi in the early morning. Transfer to hotel in central Delhi. Free afternoon in Delhi and night in hotel.
Delhi – international airport
Day at leisure in Delhi. We keep on a single room in the hotel in the afternoon to leave our things and have a shower before the late evening transfer to the airport.
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